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Bedknobs and Broomsticks Reviews

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Dustin Putman
August 14, 2014
[Blu-ray Review] Some movies from childhood hold up when they are seen as an adult, and others do not, trapped only in the nostalgia of the time in which they were first watched. Recommended for fans, but temper expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
April 3, 2012
Disney's multi-Oscar nominated musical is not as good as Mary Poppins to which it's often compared, but Angela Lansbury is well-cast and most of the visual effects, which won the Oscar, are impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 15, 2010
A fun, fairly intelligent, unexpectedly witty example of cinema for children at a time when that genre was at one of its lowest-ever ebbs
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
October 1, 2010
Delightful Disney charmer may be too long for youngest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard Luck
November 3, 2009
It's a little uneven but at its best Bedknobs And Broomsticks rivals the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
November 3, 2009
Like Lansbury, the film has aged well and retains almost all of its magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 3, 2009
It's more sophisticated than the usual run of Disney product, but it lacks the inventiveness that could endow it with genuine charm.
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
November 3, 2009
The fantasy is earthbound, the score by Richard and Robert Sherman (who also wrote music and lyrics for Mary Poppins) is forgettable, the special effects lackadaisical.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 3, 2009
Animation is neatly mixed with live action, and Lansbury, engaging as ever, heads a capable cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
September 27, 2009
Has many moments rooted in movie magic, but there's also a whole lot of filler that brings the movie to a length that's more than bearable.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 7, 2009
Angela Lansbury shows off her singing, dancing and comic skills -- which I think even overshadow the film's Oscar-winning special effects.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
September 5, 2009
It's Disney, and it has magic in it, but for me it's a stretch to call the film 'magical.'
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
It is when the film [based on the book by Mary Norton] dives deeply into the realms of fantasy that it is most enjoyable.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Must all films for kids be so shoddy, though? The music is appalling.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
October 28, 2005
If Jessica Fletcher was a witch all along, you think she could've kept Cabot Cove a little safer
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
I suspect the movie will be something of a long, uninterrupted sit for the very children for whom it's intended, and an even longer one for those parents and guardians (both adults and teen-age) who will probably accompany them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Staci Layne Wilson
January 17, 2005
Good training for the little witches and warlocks in your family!
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The Disney organization is worst when it makes "family entertainment" and best when it sticks to pure, simple, charming fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shawn Bowers
Kansas City Star
August 21, 2003
A fun adventure that always seems to get mixed up in my memory with Mary Poppins, and while they share similarities, this one stands out on its own as a great childrens film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Oscar-winning special effects and animation sequences by Ward Kimball make this musical fantasy a perennial favorite.
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